An ‘inspiring’ new wellbeing-focused workspace has opened in Manchester city centre

The new "urban oasis" is as part of Bruntword Works' £50 million Pioneer redevelopment programme.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st June 2021

Workspace and leisure specialist Bruntwood Works has launched an “urban oasis” workplace in the centre of Manchester as part of its £50 million Pioneer redevelopment programme.

Bloc – a re-imagining of the 16-storey office block on Marble Street – has introduced a raft of quality new workspaces, amenities and technology that have all been designed to improve workplace wellbeing and boost productivity for the communities diverse range of businesses.

“Bloc’s transition from a corporate office building to a wellbeing-focused workplace is game-changing for Manchester,” said Ciara Keeling, CEO at Bruntwood Works.

“We have responded directly to what businesses and their employees expect from a modern workspace [as] we’re seeing increased demand for quality spaces that not only provide a wealth of amenities, but support positive work-life balance and create an environment where people want to spend time – both in and outside of work.

“Bloc provides all this and more.”


So, what do businesses get to benefit from at Bloc then?

Central to the focus on workplace wellbeing is the introduction of RESET – a new state-of-the-art yoga studio by Manchester’s premium training brand, FORM – which is situated within the serene basement space and hosts a rolling programme of yoga, pilates and wellbeing-based classes to help people blend fitness seamlessly into the working day.


A sleep pod has also been created to prioritise workers’ wellness and enhance productivity.

Local independent bakery Trove has opened on the ground floor and BrewDog is set to open a new bar and restaurant, as well as its first hotel, on site later this year, providing “unrivalled on-site amenity” for customers.

There will also be a focus on biophilia – which is known to help improve wellbeing, and sustainability – has also been included through the installation of an innovative, two-storey living wall that provides oxygen and helps reduce noise levels and a blue / green roof that reduces the discharge of rainwater and features wildflowers to support biodiversity and provide an additional thermal barrier.


This is Manchester’s first wildflower roof and also aims to attract a rare native blue butterfly.

Specially-created Trompe L’oeil murals by Sheffield-based artist Rob Lee and cascading greenery throughout help make Bloc an “urban oasis”.

Bloc is an environment where people want to spend time – both in and outside of work / Credit: Bruntwood Works and
The Annexe at Bloc has also been totally transformed into three floors of flexible workspace / Credit: Bruntwood Works and

Ciara Keeling continued: “The increased demand for spaces that support hybrid working and further flexibility has made it clear the office is still so important, just in a new way.

“Through its blend of innovative workspace, lifestyle and retail, Bloc is setting a template for the office of the future.

“We need to create places where people truly want to be.”


When it comes to workspaces itself, the Annexe at Bloc has also been totally transformed into three floors of flexible workspace, including 200 desks in a variety of serviced office suites, communal kitchens and lounge areas, with tech-enhanced meeting rooms to suit every need on the ground floor.

New additions to Bloc also include a coworking studio with 20 desks, which are available to customers on a flexible Pay As You Go basis, with day passes bookable online and monthly coworking memberships available.

Serviced offices and traditional leased spaces that range from 500 sq ft to 7,500 sq ft are also available on site.

You can find more information about Bloc here.

Featured Image – Bruntwood Works and